Some research concerns that interest me consist of, how can we maintain much healthier lives longer? How can training enhance cognitive abilities, both to improve those abilities and also to slow-down, or hold-up, cognitive decline? The particular cognitive ability that I have studied the most is processing speed, which is among the cognitive skills that decline early on as we age.
I think it is notable to be able to state that, in all of the programs tested, the payoff from cognitive training, or whatever we can call ‘mental exercise’, seemed far higher than we are accustomed to getting from physical exercise. If you could say that 10 hours of exercises at the fitness center every day this month was enough to assist keep you fit 5 years from now, simply imagine.
Cognitive training: variety of brain exercises developed to aid exercise particular ‘psychological muscles’. The principle underlying cognitive training is to assist enhance ‘core’ abilities, such as attention, memory, analytical, which many people consider as taken care of.
AF: Research like this seems to present significant opportunities for society. Would not insurance companies, or the AARP, want to sponsor more research and assess whether to offer this type of training to their members? Will not major employers see opportunities to enhance the performance of older workers by recognizing the cognitive skills that may need the most enhancement and offering tailored training? We might speculate that an individual with faster processing abilities will also have the ability to make faster decisions and learn faster …
JE: That makes good sense, based on exactly what we know. Cognitive abilities evolve in different ways as we age, and some usually begin to decline in our thirties. Cognitive interventions might assist train and improve those abilities, and there is currently research that highly shows where and how training can be beneficial. More research is still required to deliver more exact and tailored interventions in a variety of environments. I think we will see the field grow substantially – and not just for aging-related priorities. Cognitive training might end up being helpful for a variety of health conditions, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s clients, for instance. More research will help scientists refine evaluations and training programs.